President Mamnoon Hussain has promulgated the Hindu Marriage bill into law today on the advice of the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. The Act will protect Hindu marriages and family rights, RadioPakistan reported.
The law will be able to solemnize marriages in accordance with the customary rites, rituals and ceremonies of the Hindu community. The Law also provides for procedures relating to restitution of conjugal rights, judicial separation, void and voidable marriages, termination of Hindu marriage, financial security of wife and children, alternate relief in termination of marriage, and termination of marriage by mutual consent.
The law also provides the right of separated person to marry again, entitlement of re-marriage by a Hindu Widow at her own will and consent after stipulated time, legitimacy of child born out of void and voidable Hindu marriage.
As per this Law, Hindu marriages solemnized before commencement of this Act shall be deemed valid and petitions under this Law shall be presented to the Family Courts.
The Law also provides for punishments of imprisonment and fines up to One Hundred Thousand Rupees or both for contraventions.
All offences under this Law shall be non-cognizable and non-compoundable and shall be triable by Court of Magistrate First Class.